Funded! This project was successfully funded on September 28, 2012.

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An interactive electronic story and activity book about the amazing Brain, for kids ages 7-11.

There is a crisis in science education in the U.S. We need to get more kids excited by science. We started Kizoom to do just that.

Our Mission

Is to...

  • inspire kids by presenting the most exciting scientific subject of our time: The Brain!
  • make science fun and accessible using relatable characters and cool technology.
  • educate the next generation about their own Brains, promoting life-long learning and creativity.

Our Project

The Adventures of Ned the Neuron is an electronic storybook (App), packed with integrated educational content and interactions that explores the science of the Brain. It is whimsical. It is challenging. It is fun. It is real science.

Here are the details:

  • 34 pages of full color story illustrated by Andy Warner
  • Read to Me function with voiceover and soundtrack
  • Interactive educational diagrams
  • Three mini-games
  • Over 30 neuroscience concepts introduced
  • For Apple and Android tablets
Working story & education pages
Working story & education pages

Who Is Ned?

Stuffed Ned and early sketch
Stuffed Ned and early sketch

Ned is a cartwheel-loving, action-oriented young neuron training to work in the motor cortex of the Brain. What is a neuron? Neurons are the cells that make up your Brain! Ned came into this world five years ago as a stuffed toy designed as an outreach tool. We have since developed a world of characters and stories around him and now we want to bring Ned and his friends out into the world!

Our Goal

Achieving our funding goal will allow us to meet production costs for The Adventures of Ned the Neuron, such as original art and illustrations, voiceover recordings, and marketing, as well as providing a solid base for building out our future products, including the production of a hardcopy version of the book.

Our long-term objective is to create an ecosystem of educational books, games and activities that centers around Ned the Neuron and friends and teaches about the nervous system. We need to get this first project off the ground to reach this goal.

About Us

Erica & Jess
Erica & Jess

Erica Warp is a Neuroscientist on a mission. A mission to educate and entertain kids of all ages. Erica is a passionate learner and wants to share that passion with others. She teaches, she creates, she looks at small things under microscopes.

Jessica Voytek is not afraid to dig into things and see how they tick. She has been coding since she was barely able to get a legal drink. Where others might turn away she dares to go.

Together Erica and Jessica make the dynamic duo behind Kizoom. 

You can learn more about Kizoom on our website, or download a Press Pack here.

Rewards

We are very thankful to anyone who can support our project and we hope you are looking forward to the rewards we have planned. For the visually inclined, here are the rewards in picture form.

REWARDS WILL BE READY FOR THE WINTER HOLIDAYS - a great brain-y gift!

Go Brains!

FAQ

  • When the funding period is over, we will contact you for more information (e.g. do you want the iPad or the PDF version of the book? Do you want a t-shirt or a totebag?). So hang tight - you have a bit of time to buy that iPad or decide what neuroscience apparel will work best with your wardrobe :-)

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    A copy of The Adventures of Ned the Neuron App for iPad, OR a PDF of the story (you choose).

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    The book (App or PDF) PLUS a Ned the Neuron screenprinted t-shirt OR totebag (you choose). T-shirts available in kids and adult sizes. (Add $10 for international shipping)

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    The book, a screenprinted t-shirt AND totebag PLUS a Ned the Neuron coloring book and your name on our website listed as a Super Generous Supporter of Kizoom. Thank you! (Add $10 total for international shipping)

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    All of the above PLUS a limited edition print of the cover art signed by our rocking illustrator Andy Warner. (Add $10 total for international shipping)

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    All of the above PLUS a limited edition print of the book art (you choose from 4 options) signed by our rocking illustrator Andy Warner. (Add $10 total for international shipping)

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    All of the above PLUS a limited edition collector’s hardcopy of The Adventures of Ned the Neuron story signed by author Erica Warp and illustrator Andy Warner. (Add $20 total for international shipping)

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    All of the above PLUS we will honor your generous contribution by giving you Special Thanks on our credits page in The Adventures of Ned the Neuron book itself AND we will give the Ned the Neuron book (25 digital copies) to the school of your choice - in your name. Please contact for details.

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    All of the above PLUS we will create a one-of-a-kind drawing of you (or a friend or relative) as a neuron character. You will receive a print of your character signed by artist Andy Warner and a high resolution PDF. Please contact for details.

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    All of the above PLUS Ned the Neuron author and Neuroscience PhD Erica Warp will lead a Neuroscience workshop/party for your kids and their friends, anywhere in Northern CA (anywhere in the US for an additional $1,000). Please contact for details.

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    To honor your amazing generosity, we will fly you out to the San Francisco Bay Area, from anywhere in the US, and put you up in a hotel (two nights) this Fall where you will meet the Ned the Neuron production team and join us for the book launch party. And you will receive everything else listed above. Please contact for details.

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